Lady Louise Windsor's 'shock to the system' about the Queen revealed by mum Sophie Wessex


Lady Louise Windsor recalls carriage driving with Prince Philip

The Queen is said to have a soft spot for her grandchildren, in particular, Sophie and Prince Edward’s daughter Louise, who also shared a close bond with Prince Philip. The 18-year-old has often been described as the Queen’s “favourite grandchild”.

A royal insider told The Sun in 2019: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”

Lady Louise and the Queen also share a passion for horse riding and, like her late grandfather, she has competed in carriage-driving competitions.

She is known to enjoy driving around Great Windsor Park – close to Windsor Castle.

It is believed that the late Prince taught Louise to drive a team of horses as the family shared a love of the animals.

Lady Louise Windsor, Queen and Sophie Wessex

Lady Louise Windsor’s ‘shock to the system’ about the Queen revealed by mum Sophie Wessex (Image: Getty)

The Queen and Lady Louise

The Queen is said to have a soft spot for her grandchildren, in particular Lady Louise (Image: Getty)

According to Sophie Wessex though, despite their close bond, Lady Louise Windsor, was given quite the shock when she realised how important her grandmother is.

Lady Louise’s moment of realisation was discussed by the Countess of Wessex during an interview with the BBC in 2016.

Sophie explained it was a “shock to the system” for her daughter, who was young at the time, to realise that the Queen and her grandmother were the same person.

At the time, the Countess revealed: “It happened a little while ago. It was much more of a shock to the system.

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Lady Louise, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Lady Louise is the eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex (Image: Getty)

“It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the Queen,’ and I asked her, ‘Yes, how does that make you feel?’ And she said, ‘I don’t understand.'”

The Countess added: “I don’t think she has grasped that perhaps there was only one Queen.”

Prince Edward, 57, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, with their two children Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, live in close proximity to the Queen.

The Wessex family reside at Bagshot Park in Surrey which is located just 11 miles away from Her Majesty’s Windsor estate.

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Lady Louise carriage driving

Lady Louise and the Queen also share a passion for horse riding, (Image: Getty)

As the Wessexes live fairly close, whenever the Queen is in residence at Windsor Castle, Sophie and her family are regular guests.

The Wessexes often visit the Queen to enjoy horse riding, afternoon tea and trips to church.

Lady Louise gave her first TV interview last September when she opened up about her close bond with the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Lady Louise was among members of the Royal Family who spoke about the Queen’s late husband in the BBC One documentary, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers.

Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise’s moment of realisation was discussed by the Countess of Wessex during a BBC interview (Image: Getty)

During the programme, she spoke about following in her grandfather’s footsteps with her love of carriage driving.

The young royal said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has been so involved in my driving which has been lovely, but slightly scary because he invented the sport pretty much, but it’s incredible to have learned first-hand from him and definitely made us closer, I think.

“After a competition, he would always ask how he went, his eyes would light up because he would get so excited when he talks about it.”

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to the Queen for 73 years, died in April last year, aged 99.



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